In recent years LinkedIn has become an important part of the business world. Many of us use LI on a daily or weekly basis, just to check in with colleagues or see what is going on in their field. As a recruiter, LI has become so much more than that. It is a place to find and connect with candidates as well as post jobs. Not a day goes by that I am not on LI communicating with someone. My point here is that recruiters today tend to be using LI as a part of their recruiting process.
One part of LI that most of us are familiar with and have found useful is building our profile. Through the LI profile, we are able to be somewhat more expressive about our activities and jobs that we have held. We are able to be more creative than when writing a formal resume. For recruiters, it allows us to see and understand more about the person.
One problem I run into time and time again is when I see a profile that does not match up to the resume that the candidate has sent to me. I am not suggesting that the job/project details or description have to be the exactly the same, but the company name, dates held and job title should be. If a candidate leaves dates or job titles off a resume, but puts them on LI, it makes me wonder what they were trying to hide or prove to me. I have even found situations where an entire job was omitted from the resume, yet it was listed on LI. Which scenario are you to believe, did they actually hold that position or not? Either way, I am not left feeling very confident about the candidate.
As a recruiter, I can say that if I am going to take the time to reach out to a candidate, I have probably already done my homework and not only looked at your resume, but looked at your LI profile as well. My hope is that you have taken the time to accurately document both.

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